Riverkings leave strong impression on USPHL All-Star team with 5 division leading players.
Cole Creger, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings Captain (Forward ‘00 Lafayette, Colo.) Creger led the Riverkings in scoring with 31 goals and 78 points in 43 games with six game-winners. Creger fired nine goals and collected 23 points on power plays and added a shorthanded goal. He is moving on to Norwich University for 2021-22.
Cole was a four year player and three year captain and is 2nd all time points leader in the USPHL Premier, Cole also set multiple team records including all time points.
Luke Hartge, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (Forward ‘00 Winfield, Ill.) Hartge, a Northland College recruit, was one of four Riverkings to play all 44 games this past season and he wrapped up with 38 goals and 76 points with six game winning goals. He contributed nine goals and 23 points on Riverkings power plays and added a shorthanded goal. Luke ended his junior hockey career with over 100 goals and 100 assists.
Jacob Jakusz, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (Defense ‘02 Weston, Wis.) Jakusz scored 10 goals and collected 38 points in 32 games with the Riverkings. The DC Everest product had 6 goals and 20 points came on power play chances and Jakusz also had a shorthanded set up. Jakusz is signed to play in the SJHL JR A for the Weyburn Redwings next season.
Trenton Skaggs, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (Defense ‘02 Oconomowoc, Wis.) Skaggs played in 42 games for the Riverkings, scoring six goals and collecting 48 points. Half the goals along with 17 assists came on power plays and Skaggs also set up three shorthanded goals. Trenton led the all USPHL Premier rookies defenseman in points. The Arrowhead product started the season in the NCDC.
Jordan Stear, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings (Defense ‘01 Frisco, Texas) The leading scorer among Riverkings defensemen, Stear scored 10 goals and collected 62 points was also the league leader. Six of those goals and 24 assists came on Riverkings power plays. Jordan is a two time All-Star and set a record for all time assist leader for the Riverkings and the USPHL Premier. Jordan was player of the month four times this season and the 3rd year defenseman has signed a tender to play in the NAHL for Alaska next season.
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We are excited to announce Forward Luke Hartge has committed to Northland College!! Luke came off a incredible season with: 38 Goals & 38 Assists for 76 points!! Luke was a first year player but fit right in and set new records; these would include 1st in Franchise All-Time goals per season, and 4th in All-Time Points per season!! Congratulations Luke we can’t wait to see what the future holds...
We are excited to announce that Assistant Captain Nathan Bottles is commiting to play NCAA D3 hockey for Arcadia University!! Good things come to those who work hard, and Nathan did that on and off the ice!! Off the ice Nathan was leading by example whether that was in the weight room, class room, or when he was helping others! On the ice Nathan put up a great season after suffering a high ankle sprain to start the season putting up: 28 Goals with 34 Assist for 62 Points in 40 games!! Congratulations Nathan Bottles on your commitment
The 2020-21 Riverkings turned in a record setting season despite COVID-19. The Wisconsin Rapid Riverkings finished the regular season 37-5-2 as USPHL Premier Midwest West division Champions. The team finished one point behind the Metro Jets for the overall USPHL regular season Championship which consists of 65 teams across the United Sates. The team set many records for the franchise and league, fourth year Captain, Cole Creger set a league record for most games played and finished his Junior career 2nd all time in Assists and points. Third year defenseman Jordan Stear led the entire USPHL in points for defenseman and Trenton Skaggs led all rookie USPHL defenseman in points.
Creger, Luke Hartge and Grant Newcomer all finished in the top ten for USPHL scoring and both Kyle McNair and Riley Allen finished in the top of the league for goalie stats. Stevens Point forward Trey Zagrzebski finished in the top five for averaging over 2 points per game. The Riverkings scored the most goals in the USPHL and led the league with the biggest goals for Vs goals against differential.
The Riverkings want to thank our fans, sponsors, host families, and SWCRC for all their support. This was a difficult year to say the least having to deal with a pandemic, but our players did an outstanding job of keeping their bubble tight and we never once had to shut down because of COVID. We want to thank the SWC health department for working with our team and arena so we can have fans. Coach Quarters said: “Going into the season we felt it was important to help keep everyone safe and healthy, but also provide our fans, opposing teams, and community with some type of normalcy. We feel proud that we were able to do this by having a fan base and give our community something to cheer for after being on lock down all summer. It was because of our fans, Jim Arnold, and volunteers that we could pull this off, thank you! “.
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On behalf of the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings, we want to say thank you to all our fans that have been supporting us through these hard times. This includes, cheering us on from social media to wearing a mask when you come to our games.
This season hasn't been an easy one and its not over yet. We are very thankful to have a healthy team and families. This hasn't stayed true for all the teams in the league. There have been many changes to our schedule due to the COVID-19 guidelines. We want to thank everyone for being understanding as we change and reschedule these games on short notice.
Please follow along with our social media to stay the most up-to-date on our game dates and times.
-Your Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings are on their way down to Orland Park to compete against four teams before they head home for the holidays. Starting tomorrow, they will play against the Metro Jets at 3 pm. Saturday, they will begin their day playing against Lake Erie Bighorn at 10:40 am and finish their day playing against the Wooster Oilers at 9 pm. The Riverkings final game will be on Sunday against the Toledo Cherokee at 12:35 pm. Be sure to watch their games on HockeyTV!
The players also will be in-control of the Instagram highlights to give our fans a behind-the-scene look at their weekend!
Read down below to check out their stats
“Creger (‘00/Lafayette, Colo.) is among the top 10 all-time for the USPHL Premier in both games played - third with 140 - and points - ninth, with 145. A four-year Riverking, he shows year after year and day after day why he is one of the all-time best in the league, with November being a shining example. Last month, he scored six goals and 17 points in just four games, an average of 4.25 points per game. His highlight was a 1-5-6 game, which immediately followed a 3-2-5 performance, both against the Dells Ducks. Overall, this season, Creger has posted a 14-21-35 line in 16 games.”
“The ‘01 out of Frisco, Texas, is now in his third season with the Riverkings. They keep him coming back because he is just that good, and he is clearly the Riverkings leading blueliner, and very often, one of the top blueliners in the entire USPHL Premier.
For November, he posted a 2-8-10 line in just four games, and came out of the month a +9. He remains his team’s ice time leader (23:32 in November) and leads the breakout moore than any other player, with 17.”
With a 4-2 win, the Riverkings had goals from Reece McDonald, Jordan Stear, Nathan Bottles, and Sanders Willard. Kyle McNair turned aside 16 shots. This is McNair’s 3rd win for the Riverkings season.
Next weekend the Riverkings have a 3 game set, starting in the Wisconsin Dells on Thursday. The team will be returning home for games against the Minnesota Blue Ox on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop will be at 7:05 PM at the South Wood County Recreational Center.
Something to look forward to after Thanksgiving. Two of the top teams from the USPHL face off as the Riverkings from the Midwest West welcome Northern Colorado Eagles from the West region to Wisconsin Rapids for some intense junior A hockey.
With this weekend’s games Vs Hudson postponed we thought you might to want learn about the pucks we use during our hockey games. Our pucks are sponsored by Connexus Credit Union and kept frozen in our freezer in the coaches office (photo below). Our scorekeepers (Linda and Candy) keep our pucks in an ice bucket during games. Fun fact: When the puck leaves the ice and goes out of play and into the stand it can be kept as a souvenir and we also sell pucks at the merchandise stand. Fun fact 2: The Riverkings have made design changes to their game pucks every year expect the first two seasons. Fun fact 3: Bull’s Eye Credit Union and now Connexus Credit Union has been our puck sponsor since we start in 2014. Ice hockey requires a hard disk of vulcanized rubber. A standard ice hockey puck is black, 1 inch (25 mm) thick, 3 inches (76 mm) in diameter, and weighs between 5.5 and 6 ounces (156 and 170 g). Pucks are often marked with silkscreened team or league logos on one or both faces. Pucks are frozen before the game to reduce bouncing during play.
Bad news for all Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings hockey lovers.....Due to Hudson having to quarantine for 10 days our games this weekend will be rescheduled to a later day! As much as we want them to play, we need healthy guys more. Get well to those in Hudson!! We are hoping to be able to reschedule for in a couple weeks, so stay tuned. Dont forget to watch the boys next weekend as they take on the Rochester Vipers! Stay safe and stay healthy everyone!
Thursday Practice shootout winners!! Kyle McNair won a Howies T-Shirt for stopping every shot he faced! While Sander Willard won a Howies Hockey poster after scoring the shootout game winner! We want to thank Howies Hockey Tape for the continued support as we build hockey up and down the river! #season7 #STR7VE
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings successfully ended the night winning 2-1 against the Chicago Cougars. Captain, Cole Creger, scored shortly after the first face off at 3:25. He was assisted by Nathan Bottles and Logan Radtke. Nathan Bottles scored with 38 seconds left in the first period. He was assisted by Cole Creger and Trenton Skaggs. We will see you back tomorrow at the South Wood County Recreational Center in your best Halloween costumes! #Season7 #STR7VE #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
This past weekend Wisconsin Rapids native Torger Stachurski earned his first Junior A win!! Torger won his very first junior start as he shut the door against the Rochester Vipers stopping 14 of 15 shots giving him a .933 save percentage!
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Grant Newcomer started the Riverkings out with help from Cole Creger and Reece McDonald. A power play goal came from Luke Hartge seconds in to the Riverking man advantage with the assists going to Trenton Skaggs and Cole Creger. Riverkings led 2-0 till the third when Luke Hartge sealed the deal with under a minute for the Riverkings victory 3-1! Riley Allen kept the net in order. Riverkings play their final showcase game tomorrow at 4:10PM against the Rochester Vipers. #Season7 #STR7VE #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
Who’s ready for the United States Premier Hockey League Midwest West Division showcase? We know the Riverkings are. Join the team on their trip to Blaine, Minnesota this weekend! Can’t make it in person? Be sure to watch on HockeyTV. Don’t have hockey tv? We will have updates before, during and after each of our games. Looking forward to a weekend full of hockey! #season7 #STR7VE #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings successfully took on the Rochester Vipers at the 2020-2021 Home Opener. The game started strong with a goal from Kyle Smith 3 minutes into the game. He was assisted by Max Moore and Logan Radtke. Reece Macdonald had a power play goal and was assisted by Luke Hartge. Logan Harris was able to get a hat trick in the game! Cole Creger had a goal assisted from Jeff Rebmann, and Anthony Olson. Grant Newcomer scored his first junior goal assisted from Cole Creger, and Logan Harris. The Riverkings had 12 different players record a point tonight! Come out tomorrow night to watch the Riverkings take on the Rochester Vipers again at 7pm at South Wood County Recreational Center! #season7 #STR7VE #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
Hey fans our season passes have arrived for the 2020-21 season!! If you are looking to attend every game this year our season pass for one individual is $100 for 1 ticket, 16 home games which saves you $28! For a family of 4 a season 4-pack is $385 for 4 tickets, 16 home games which saves you $127!! We did have our first season pass purchased today by Jesse Brandl, who is always our first season pass purchaser each year! Thank you for supporting the Riverkings all season long! If you are looking to buy your season pass today contact the Riverkings at 518.837.7099! Our first home game is Friday See you there!
The #USPHLPremier's Midwest West is what it is - nine teams dead set on punishing each other in the standings, every night out. These teams are always a handful for those in the league not used to the division's hard-hitting, fire-wagon hockey when they come to showcases.
The 2020-21 season is expected to be another fantastic show - get your seats, your popcorn, and stay tuned!
The Riverkings continue to get into shape for their first games October 2nd and 3rd. They’ve had the help of our Riverkings staff along with our sponsor, Anytime Fitness! They have provided the boys with their own shaker bottles to use this season. Anytime fitness and their staff have supported us for many seasons. Our team can’t thank them enough for providing us with a spot to workout after rink hours. Thank you Anytime Fitness and your staff members!
Riverkings kick off their sevenths season as returning and new players reported to Wisconsin Rapids healthy and ready for hockey. They had their team orientation with players and staff at the South Wood County Recreational Center. Later in the evening the players and host families had their annual meet and greet at our sponsor, Grace’s Family Restaurant. The Graces’ staff were so gracious to serve the team and their new families dinner. Thank you Grace’s! We are looking forward to a great season! #Season7 #STR7VE #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings complete their weekend at home against the Chicago Cougars with a win tonight 2-1. Both Riverkings goals were scored by captain Cole Creger and assisted by Luke Hartge. Matthew Howell and Jordan Stear also had hands on the puck before going into the net. We will see everyone back next weekend against the Hudson Havoc Friday and Saturday; puck drops at 7pm. Happy Halloween! #Season7 #str7ve #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
The Riverkings had 3 goals against the Eagles delivered by Luke Hartge (2) and Cole Creger with Nathan Bottles, Jordan Stear, Cole Creger and Luke Hartge. Riley Allen stopped 30 of 31 shots. The Riverkings will continue their series against the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. in their home rink, the South Wood County Recreational Center.
Riverkings prepare for season 7 with a great day of baseball as we support the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters baseball team during WRA Sports Commission Day! We had Jordan Stear, Logan Harris, and Assistant Coach Devin Roeder handing out home games schedules, and Jordan & Logan showed off their athleticism by throwing out the first pitch, and doing the dizzy bat challenge! Thank you to the Rafters for having us at the game and congrats on the win!
12-17 Year Olds: $5.00
Children (12 and under with paid adult $5.00
Active Military & SWCYH: Free
Season Ticket Packages- 4 pack: $ 385
For more ticket information call 518-837-7099
Christmas came early to the Riverkings and the way this team works it is well deserved. (Special thanks to the Karris family and A special sponsor for helping provide the presents for the team)
Happy Holidays and remember to always give more than you receive.
Cole Creger scored two goals and assisted Nathan Bottles to get the third and final goal. Luke Hartge also assisted the three goals. Kyle McNair stopping 21 shots for the shutout on the Blue Ox and helping the Riverkings improve to 18-2-1 on the season.
Friday December 18th, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th the team will see you from Chicago! They will be playing in a showcase against Metro Jets, Toledo Cherokee, Lake Erie Bighorns , and Wooster Oilers. Make sure to follow all of our social media post to know how the team does.
Congratulations Grant on being named October’s Player of the Month! What’s in a name? For the Riverkings, this Newcomer gave a hurricane worth of fresh air to Wisconsin, leading the way early on with eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in nine games. No one who followed his success with his hometown public high school team in McFarland, Wis., should be surprised after his 185 points scored in 88 games. He is sharp as a tack when it comes to dishing the puck, connecting on 88 percent of his passes.
Riverkings welcome the addition of two players with central Wisconsin ties. Defenseman Jacob Jakusz is from Nearby Weston WI and was a top player at DC Everest and started the year in the tier 2 NCDC with the NJ Rockets. Jacob is a big 6’2” 190 LD and should step our lineup day one.
Forward Demetri Karris grew up in Nekoosa but moved to Chicago for high school and was a standout in hockey and football at Hinsdale HS. Demetri adds speed and a physical presence to our forwards.
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After a long weekend with 4 games in 3 days (going 3-0-1) the boys still were able to wake up early for tree cutting and to help with the annual United Way Day of caring!! Trenton Skaggs, Max Moore, Kyle Nestepny, and Kyle McNair were up early helping cut trees down for this coming Christmas! The rest of the team was raking yards and cleaning up leafs for the annual United Way Day of Caring which the Riverkings have volunteered the last seven years! Something new this year is the Trunk or Treat which is hosted by Door 212 bar where Rowdy, Kyle Smith, Carter Watters, Matthew Howell and Riley Allen will be Handing out candy to trick or treaters!! Building hockey up and down the river... #Season7 #STR7VE
@rileyallen_30 played very strong between the pipes last night for the @wrriverkings and helped the team come out with a 3-1 Victory against the Minnesota Blue Ox.
Congrats Riley and we look forward to seeing more of this soon!
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The Riverkings add two more weapons on offense and defense!! John-Yanni Tsouroullis #20 a defenseman from Sterling Heights, Michigan joins the Riverkings after playing last season in the NCDC for the Southshore Kings.. Yanni was also drafted in the NAHL in the 2nd round to the Chippewa Falls Steel! Sander Willard #25 a forward from Lakewood, Colorado joins the team after being tendered from the Wichita Falls Warriors in the NAHL! Before that he was a dominant force on the Colorado Rampage U18 AAA team! We can’t wait to see these boys on the ice
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The Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings successfully end their weekend against the Minnesota Rochester Vipers. The second game started out fast, and aggressive. Kyle Nestpny was the first of many to make a goal tonight. He was assisted by Carson Gunderson and Max Gracer. We also had goals from Grant Newcomer, Luke Hartge, Max Moore, Cole Creger, Jordan Stear, Carter Watters, Jeff Rebman, and Logan Harris. Luke Hartge scored 3 goals to make a hat trick! Riley Allen was able to keep the net protected by only letting in 2 goals after 53 shots on goal. We ended the night scoring 14 goals. Next weekend the team travels to Coon Rapids, Minnesota to play against the Blue Ox. Continue to follow our social media for updates on our games and players! #season7 #STR7VE #buildinghockeyupanddowntheriver
LETS MEET YOUR 2020-21 CAPTAINS!!
Cole Creger Lafayette, CO- Cole is a 2nd year Captain who is playing his 4th season with the Riverkings!
Jordan Stear Frisco, TX- Jordan is named co-Captain, Jordan is a two year all-star in the league and returning for his 3rd season as a Riverkings defenseman!
Logan Harris Huntington Beach, CA- Logan is named Assistant Captain returning for his 2nd season! Logan already has NCAA offers!
Nathan Bottles Williamston, MI- Nathan was named co-Assistant Captain and 2nd year player! Nathan came in half way through the season from the NCDC and was one of the hardest workers right away!
All four players are outstanding players on the ice but what separates them is their strong leadership in the locker room!! We are looking forward to them leading this outstanding group of young men!
The Riverkings have been preparing for their big weekend! The team will be traveling to Isanti, Minnesota to play against the Rum River Mallards. Stay updated with all the game updates on all of our social media accounts!
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As we end training camp and begin a routine practice schedule; let’s look back at the first week of our 2020-2021 season! The boys worked on some skating drills getting them ready for the season, then some off ice training with running stairs then getting some quick explosive jumps, and we finished off the week with some paddle boarding
Day 2 of training camp is in the books!! The boys ended the day with some testing as they ran a 1/4 mile and a 1 mile run! Thank you to Howies Hockey Tape for the the continued support for the Riverkings throughout the years!! This years winners are Hogan Boyle (Boulder CO.) as he won both events. Logan Harris (Huntington Beach CA.) finished 2nd in the mile. Reece McDonald (Sioux City IA.) finished 2nd in the 1/4 mile run.
Because Cal and Cindy want to help keep our players safe. Thank you!!
Riverkings are excited to announce that Captain and three year vet Riverking Jordan Stear (Frisco TX) and 1st year Riverking Grant Newcomer (McFarland, WI) have signed Tenders to play for the Anchorage Wolverines in the NAHL
Two time USPHL All-Star Jordan Stear lead all USPHL defenseman in points; tallying 10 goals and 52 assist for 62 points in 44 games.
Speedy goal scorer Grant Newcomer is coming off a tremendous first year with the team! Grant scored 31 goals and 37 assist for 68 points in 38 games.
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Ice is being made at SWCRC for the 2020-21 season. Cooper Arnold helping his dad (Rink manager James P Arnold) paint the ice and the Riverkings logo.
Riverkings GM/Head Coach Marty Quarters said: The Riverkings 25 player team roster has been filled since May and the players report to Rapids on September 8th to start training camp. This years team will have 11 returners and players from 14 different states. The team will be an older team then last year with added size and speed. We feel our staff has assembled the type of team that is ready to continue as one of the top teams in the USPHL.
The Riverkings will be announcing the 2020-21 USPHL Premier 44 game schedule soon. With COVID-19 pandemic this season has pushed back the starting date until September 25 which is two weeks later than the usual start date.
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We want to congratulate these players on being selected to the Dan K and Lucas J Premier teams!! Jordan Stear was the only Riverking selected by Lucas Js team but Haralds Jirgens, Jered Stevenson, and Matt Server were selected to the Dan K team!!